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Eric Morecambe's widow targeted by thieves, says son

Created by sculptor Graham Ibbeson, the statue was commissioned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Morecambe and Wise first appearing on stage together. Credit: ITV Granada

The son of late comedian Eric Morecambe said thieves who targeted his mother's home must have gleaned from social media that she was out at the time.

Joan Bartholomew had travelled to Blackpool, more than 200 miles away from her home in Hertfordshire, for the unveiling of a statue in memory of her husband and his comic partner Ernie Wise.

Hertfordshire Police said it is investigating a burglary at an address in Harpenden between Thursday morning and Saturday evening, and a spokeswoman confirmed a number of items of jewellery were taken.

Morecambe's son Gary, who was also at the unveiling at Blackpool's Winter Gardens, told Lancashire newspaper The Visitor: "There wasn't masses of damage.

"My mum is a very realistic person, she doesn't like to make herself into a victim. It's just the way it is.

"I guess that's the power of social media, they must have known she was away."


Watch: One woman's quest to give war dead a fitting memorial

Susan Wilson from Morecambe's quest to create a fitting memorial for a war hero was made possible thanks to some serious detective work.

When she was researching her family tree she found a relative who'd fought in the Great War.

But his grave back in Lancashire had become overgrown and rundown. Susan was determined he should have a fitting memorial. Paul Crone reports.

Missing Darwen girl, 15, may be in Lancaster or Morecambe

Lancashire police are trying to find a missing 15-year-old girl from Darwen, who could be in the Lancaster or Morecambe area.

Kelis Nicholson, 15 Credit: Lancashire Police

Kelis Nicholson, 15, was last seen at 3pm on Saturday 2 July at an address on Northcote Street, Darwen.

Police say she had plans to attend a party and head to work in the town the next day. However, she has not been seen since.

Police believe she may have travelled to Lancaster and Morecambe, as she has links to both areas.

DC Trevor Walker from Lancaster CID said:

We are concerned for Kelis given her age and would urge anyone who may have seen her or knows where she is to make contact with us as soon as possible.

– DC Trevor Walker, Lancaster CID

She was last seen wearing a burgundy hoodie with light blue jeans and is described as white, of slim build, with shoulder length blonde hair, which may be in a ponytail.

The police are appealing for anyone with information can call them on 101 quoting incident reference 1593 of July 3rd.


Fury: I want to help the 'man on the streets with nothing'

Boxer Tyson Fury has been telling ITV News about his ambitions to become an MP in Lancashire.

The heavyweight's shot at a world title was postponed last week when his opponent Wladimir Klitschko pulled out through injury.

Fury, who wants to fight for the seat of Morecambe and Lunesdale, says he wants to tackle problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and unemployment.

Fury up for fight in Morecambe

Boxer Tyson Fury has been meeting potential voters in Morecambe after revealing he wants to become the area's next MP.

The fighter's political ambitions emerged after his title clash with Wladimir Klitschko was called off.

Fury, who is from Manchester but lives in Morecambe, has said he would clean up the streets and have the town booming.

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